What ZWave device to activate (solder) to my gate door remote opener?


So I have a solar powered gate about 350 feet from my home. I was planning on buying the Aeon Garage Door Opener with the Iris close behind, however both are way overkill for what I need.

My plan is to have my remote and attached zwave device close to a window where it can reach the gate.

Second question is I am going to install a standard door sensor on my gate but I am worried it wont be able to reach my home. What is my option? Battery powered motion sensor in-between the gate and my home to act as a repeater the signal?


Battery powered devices typically don’t act as repeaters to save power and extend battery life.

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Darn, make sense. Need a zwave plus repeater and I could plug that into the side of my house, can only find regular ones.

I am using a Fortrezz MIMOLite on my gate opener. The MIMOLite uses 12v that I connected t my gate battery. I can open it and also I connected a wired gate contact sensor. It works great, no problems so far. I tucked the mimo inside the gate controller box. You can not even tell it it is there.

Interesting problem. More Z-Wave Plus components are in the pipeline, but I am not aware of many intended for outdoor use. Remember that most powered Z-wave devices (outlets and switches) will also function as Z-wave repeaters, so don’t limit your search to z-wave repeaters.

If you currently open the gate using a remote control, you may be able to just add an intermittent z-wave switch. This can be done programmatically by changing a standard z-wave switch into an intermittent switch (turns on and then off automatically). This was what was done within SmartThings before z-wave garage door openers were commercially available. I know that Aeon Labs has a Nano Dimmer in the pipeline that is designed to go inside of electrical boxes behind existing switches. Housing this device inside a plastic waterproof box should provide sufficient protection in an outdoor environment. A z-wave switch to open and close the gate would also function as a repeater for a battery powered Z-Wave open/close sensor. Since most open/close sensors are intended for indoor use, they would probably require additional weather proof housing as well.

Another alternative would be to run a line from the house to the gate.

If you have power available between the house and gate, one of these outdoor light controls would work.


Thanks for the information everyone! Going to set something up in the coming weeks and let you know how it turns out.

So I was going to get a zwave doorbell for my gate as I don’t want an intercom system. Issue is the transmitter doesn’t work from much of a distance at all.

I am going to get a wireless doorbell. So my way to make that zwave is to plug in the receiver to a zwave outlet and then when it’s activated I will see it in ST, correct? Also would like it to occasionally automatically open if the doorbell is rung via that same method. That will work, correct?